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Nigerian lady Itunu Babalola, “wrongfully jailed” in Cote D’Ivoire, dies

Nigerian lady Itunu Babalola, "wrongfully jailed" in Cote D'Ivoire, dies 2

A Nigerian businesswoman, Itunu Babalola who was “wrongfully jailed” according to reports in Cote D’Ivoire has been confirmed dead after battling with an infection.

Itunu Babalola, a 21-year-old trader from Oyo State, was said to be stationed in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire. In September 2019, her flat was broken into by an Ivorian, and she reported the incident to the police, but DPO informed her that the culprit was his nephew.

He allegedly offered her a N100,000 payout to withdraw the complaint, which was less than the N300,000 value of stolen goods.

When Babalola refused the settlement, she was arrested, charged with human trafficking, and sentenced to ten years in prison.


In March 2021, a journalist named David Hundeyin reported Babalola’s account on Twitter, and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said it was true and that the commission was working to prove the innocence of Babalola.

The lady was accused and detained for a crime she did not commit, according to NIDCOM, which is led by Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

“Following painstaking investigations by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Nigeria Mission in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, it is now confirmed that Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian living in Abidjan was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime she did not commit.”

“Plans are underway to engage the services of a legal luminary to prove the innocence of Itunu Babalola at the Court of Appeal after the accused had spent two years out of a ten-year jail term for an offense she did not commit,” the commission had promised in a statement.”


However, on Sunday, David Hundeyin confirmed the death of Itunu Babalola via his Twitter page;

“I have just received a message from Cote d’Ivoire about Itunu Babalola. She is still in prison in Abidjan where she has contracted a serious infection and apparently she is dying. All those promises by NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri, OYSG etc – audio. She’s finally dying,” Hundeyin wrote.

“Itunu is dead. She died this night. Just confirmed,” he later tweeted.

Here is how Nigerians are reacting to the development;



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